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Bryce Harper

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Biography:

Bryce Harper is an American professional baseball player who plays in the outfield for the Washington Nationals. Harper has always been very talented, as he was selected as the number one overall pick of the 2010 MLB draft, and was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2012. His MLB debut was in April 2012, and shortly after he was named an All-Star, which made him the youngest position player selected to the team.

Sports speaker Harper has been winning awards throughout his professional baseball career. His most notable awards are the NL All-Star and NL Rookie of the Year awards. The outfielder recently participated in the 2013 Home Run Derby, and is the second-youngest player to play in the Derby, and the youngest player to advance to the final round.  On Opening Day of the 2013 season Harper hit two home runs, and at 20 years old he became the youngest player to hit two home runs in the first game of the season in the MLB. Harper was voted as a starter for the 2013 All-Star Game. In 2012 he won multiple awards, including the MLBPAA Nationals Heart and Hustle Award, and was named the Rookie of the Month for May 2012 and September 2012. Harper also holds honors in the minor leagues, such as being named the MLB organization All-Star in 2011, and winning the Golden Spike Award in 2010, which is awarded to the best amateur baseball player.

The All-Star was featured in the MLB’s 2013 “I Play” campaign, including being featured in both the Opening Day spot and an individual spot. An episode of ESPN’s E:60 also featured Harper. In the segment, Rachel Nichols, an ESPN journalist, interviewed Harper in regards to growing up as a baseball star. In addition, he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in May 2009.

The MLB All-Star has a sponsorship deal with MusclePharm, which is a nutritional supplement company. Harper also has a sponsorship deal with Under Armour, including the “Bryce Harper Collection.” He has modeled the apparel in Under Armour advertisements.